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U.S. country band gearing up for Taiwan performances

U.S. country band gearing up for Taiwan performances

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) Oklahoma's musical ambassador, Kyle Dillingham, and his trio Horseshoe Road, who are gearing up for a series of performances in Taiwan, said Thursday in Taipei that they "are excited to be here." The event represents a message of goodwill and the good relations between Taiwan and the U.S., Dillingham said at a news conference. "Music has a way to naturally bring people together," he said, expressing hope that their music will bring people closer. As part of an Asian tour to promote cultural exchanges, the group will perform in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan between March 23 and March 26. It will be the first time the band has played in Taiwan, said the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), one of the organizers. During the concerts in Taipei, the band will present country music tunes and will also join the Taipei Symphony Orchestra to perform popular Taiwanese songs such as "The Moon Represents My Heart" and "Evening Primrose." The trio blends diverse musical styles ranging from blues, bluegrass, country, rock and gospel into an earthy genre of music. Dillingham, a violinist, said a Taiwanese friend will also perform at Saturday's concert, playing American music on the erhu, a two-stringed bowed Chinese musical instrument. This will make a great mix of Chinese and Western musical instruments, he added. In addition to performing, the trio will host a class and workshop in Taipei, according to the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties. The performances are part of the American Music Abroad program co-produced by the U.S. Department of State and the AIT. The band, which has already performed in South Korea, will continue its tour via Myanmar and Russia, the AIT added. "We're glad to have Taiwan included in the program," said Sheila Paskman, AIT's public diplomacy section chief, at the news conference. The program, aimed at promoting people-to-people exchanges, features a wide variety of American musical genres through cultural initiatives that will reach more than 40 countries between 2012 and 2013. Horseshoe Road is the winner of the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards in the country/bluegrass category. The annual award promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry in different musical genres. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-08-05 01:20 GMT+08:00